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Relating to the Subjects of Human Rights: The Culture of Agency in Human Rights Discourse

Sally Engle Merry

in Law and Anthropology: Current Legal Issues Volume 12

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199580910
eISBN:
9780191723025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580910.003.0015
Subject:
Law, Comparative Law

The notion of agency is deeply enshrined in human rights discourse. This chapter argues that human rights discourse, particularly with reference to women, relies on a particular understanding of ... More


Introduction

Rosemary Foot

in Rights Beyond Borders: The Global Community and the Struggle over Human Rights in China

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198297765
eISBN:
9780191599279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198297769.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

Starts by looking at the reality of the attitude of the global community to China (in view of its past human rights record) and shows how the normative concern for human rights has influenced the ... More


A Human Rights Contribution to Hinduism and a Hindu Contribution to Human Rights

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195665857
eISBN:
9780199082025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0009
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter begins with a discussion of the concept of ‘human rights’ itself and then examines how viewing Hindu ethical discourse from this perspective might enrich the discourse on Hinduism. It ... More


Sexual Rights: Inventing a Concept, Mapping an International Practice

Richard Parker, Regina Maria Barbosa, and Peter Aggleton

in Framing the Sexual Subject: The Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Power

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520218369
eISBN:
9780520922754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520218369.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

This chapter addresses some questions that are related to global political processes and struggles for reproductive and sexual rights. It argues that sexual rights can be described as the newest ... More


Hinduism and Human Rights Discourse

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195665857
eISBN:
9780199082025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

Chapter 1 argued that conceptions of human rights can be recognized within Hinduism, once the categories which correspond to them in the Hindu tradition are identified. One must now contend with the ... More


Human Rights and the Moral Imagination: Becoming Liberal in the Norte de Potosí

in Dilemmas of Modernity: Bolivian Encounters with Law and Liberalism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759816
eISBN:
9780804769884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759816.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Latin American Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the complex interconnections between law, a renewed liberalism, and modernity, by focusing on the coming of human rights discourse to Alonso de Ibañez. Human rights discourse ... More


Argument by Negative Rights

Arvind Sharma

in Are Human Rights Western?: A Contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195679489
eISBN:
9780199081714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195679489.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter examines the argument by negative rights in light of the claim that human rights are Western. In other words, human rights are Western in the sense that negative rights tend to be ... More


The Caste System (Varṇa, Jāti) and Human Rights

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195665857
eISBN:
9780199082025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter shows how the caste system can be brought into relationship with human rights through the twin concepts of varṇa and jāti. The concept of varṇa can be viewed as a system of balancing ... More


Global Loss: Metaphoric Substitution and the Logic of Human Rights

Christine Kim

in The Minor Intimacies of Race: Asian Publics in North America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040139
eISBN:
9780252098338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040139.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter looks at the poetry of Souvankham Thammavongsa to understand the figure of the Asian refugee as a metaphor for the inhuman within human rights discourses. Her first two books, Small ... More


Conclusion: Imagining a Post-State Human Rights Discourse

Oche Onazi

in Human Rights from Community: A Rights-Based Approach to Development

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748654673
eISBN:
9780748693870
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654673.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics

The conclusion provides a summary of the argument of the book by reflecting on the implications of situating community within human rights discourse. It discusses how the commitment to observe ... More


Universalism in India and the West

Arvind Sharma

in Hinduism and Human Rights: A Conceptual Approach

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195665857
eISBN:
9780199082025
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195665857.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter argues that the core concept underlying universalism differs significantly in India and the West, and that, if this significant difference is overlooked, discourse on the issue of rights ... More


Varied Perspectives on Sex- and Disability-selective Abortions

Smitha Nizar

in The Contradiction in Disability Law: Selective Abortions and Rights

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199466658
eISBN:
9780199087174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466658.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Human Rights and Immigration

This chapter analyses the contradictory legal position in India’s selective abortion laws. It studies the discrimination generated by a legal order, which assumes contradictory stances with regard to ... More


Human Rights Meets Intimate Partner Sexual Violence

Monica McWilliams and Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

in Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage, and Social Change in Global Context

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
June 2016
ISBN:
9780190238360
eISBN:
9780190615208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190238360.003.0013
Subject:
Social Work, Crime and Justice

This chapter outlines how sexual violence became incorporated into the human rights discourse, even as human rights treaty regimes—since their inception—have failed to adequately address the harms ... More


Washington, Rushton, Garrison, (and Paine): Following the Transatlantic Currents of History

Franca Dellarosa

in Talking Revolution: Edward Rushton's Rebellious Poetics, 1782-1814

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9781781381441
eISBN:
9781781382189
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381441.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter engages in a thoroughgoing examination of a key document in Rushton’s corpus: the Expostulatory Letter to George Washington, on His Continuing to Be a Proprietor of Slaves (publ. 1797); ... More


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